Raymon Shange is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences and Associate Director of the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center at Tuskegee University. Raymon received his PhD in Integrative Biosciences (Agroecology) from Tuskegee University, Master’s degree from Howard University in Philosophy (Natural), and B.S. in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. Raymon is a member of Beta Beta Beta, Alpha Kappa Mu and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Societies. He joined the staff in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the Fall of 2011.
His general area of interest is in adaptive research that assesses the response of water and soil quality indicators to sustainable management practices by Limited Resource Farmers, Ranchers, and Forest Landowners. As the Associate Director of CISC, he provides daily oversight to Integrative Research and Extension projects targeting socially disadvantaged and underrepresented farmer, forester, and rancher clusters in the Alabama Black Belt to increase profitability, natural resource conservation, participation and access, and health and wellness. Raymon’s areas of teaching interests include: Agroecology, Microbial Ecology, Environmental Science/Quality, and Environmental Justice. He also serves on the editorial board of the Professional Agricultural Workers Journal and is a review editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science. He is a member of the Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, and the Alabama Academy of Science. Raymon is also the faculty advisor of the Future Farmers and Agricultural Specialists Organization/Co-curricular program at Tuskegee University, which prepares students for entrepreneurial and educational careers in Agriculture through student led activities in fruit and vegetable production, post-harvest handling, marketing, and outreach to local youth/student and organizations.
Raymon was born and raised in Atlantic County, New Jersey, where a large part of his family still maintains a presence. He is married to Thandiwe Shange and they have three children. The Shange family resides in Tuskegee Alabama. In his down time, Raymon enjoys time with his family, painting, sporting activities, and spending time in the Tuskegee National Forest.